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Bucatini alla Carbonara

Bucatini with Eggs, Cheese, and Guanciale

This and other great recipes can be found in The Culinary Institute of America's Pasta: Classic and Contemporary Pasta, Risotto, Crespelle, and Polenta Recipes cookbook.

Bucatini alla Carbonara recipe by The Culinary Institute of America

Ingredients

Makes 4–6Servings

  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • 1 lb dried bucatini
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 oz diced guanciale (cured pork jowl) or pancetta
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the bucatini and stir to submerge and separate the strands. Cook, uncovered, until the pasta is just tender (al dente), 10 to 12 minutes (check the cooking time for your pasta).
  2. While the bucatini is cooking, heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the oil and the guanciale. Cook, stirring to cook the guanciale evenly, until it is just starting to crisp, about 2 minutes. There should be about 2 tablespoons of rendered fat and oil in the pan. Set aside.
  3. Blend together the whole eggs, egg yolks, cheese, and pepper in a medium bowl with a whisk or fork until well combined.
  4. Drain the bucatini in a colander. Shake well to remove any water clinging to the pasta. Pour the drained pasta into the pan with the guanciale.
  5. Add the egg mixture and stir the bucatini together with the egg mixture and the bacon. The heat from the pasta should be enough to cook the eggs, but if necessary, you can cook the sauce very gently over low heat. Stop as soon as the sauce clings well; if you cook it any longer, the eggs will scramble.
Recipe note: Make sure you taste your pecorino before you start making this dish, as different pecorinos vary in their saltiness and you may need to adjust the seasoning of the dish accordingly. Choose the best-quality cheese you can find, as it is crucial to the success of this dish.

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